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US WA: Editorial: Rein In Pot Dispensaries

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 10 Apr 2015 - CUSTOMERS are getting smoked out of the Ding How Center in Seattle's Little Saigon neighborhood. While the city is looking into the matter, landlords must do more to protect their properties from bad disreputable medical-marijuana stores. Businesses, employees and patrons should not be constantly overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana. Two dispensaries are now located at 1207 South Jackson Street. Store owners say The Green Door is a good neighbor. But the other, Seattle Caregivers, has become a nuisance.

US CA: Cultivating Rumors

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 09 Apr 2015 - County Officials Set Record Straight on Measure a Lawsuit A couple of false rumors regarding Butte County's laws and officials have been spreading via social media. Take, for instance, an obituary for District Attorney Mike Ramsey posted on Facebook.

US: New Federal Law Could Halt Medical Pot Cases

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 09 Apr 2015 - BLOOMFIELD, N.M. - Charles C. Lynch seemed to be doing everything right when he opened a medical marijuana dispensary in the tidy coastal town of Morro Bay, Calif. The mayor, the city attorney and leaders of the local Chamber of Commerce all came for the ribbon-cutting in 2006. The conditions for his business license, including a ban on customers younger than 18 and compliance with California's medical marijuana laws, were posted on the wall.

US AZ: Column: Two's A Crowd

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 09 Apr 2015 - Only One Group Can Survive the Legalization Initiative Process If Arizona Really Wants Legal Weed A group made up of medical marijuana dispensary stakeholders surprised the Marijuana Policy Project when they came out of the closet with a different ballot measure proposal to legalize recreational pot next year.

US CA: Column: SFPD's Ferguson Problem

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 09 Apr 2015 - The San Francisco Police Department worked hard to arrest Cassie Roberts. San Francisco cops along with Drug Enforcement Administration agents staked out Roberts and several dozen other Tenderloin denizens for weeks, recording and observing video of them from rooftops and parked cars. After a hand-to-hand-drug sale between Roberts and a confidential informant wearing a hidden body camera was caught on camera, a U.S. attorney went to a grand jury with Roberts' name. An indictment was issued, an arrest warrant was signed by a federal judge, and later, Roberts was apprehended and charged in federal court.

US CO: Column: Can I Toke Up at My Condo?

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
Westword, 09 Apr 2015 - Dear Stoner: Can I freely smoke marijuana in my condo? I own the condo, and the condo association has no rules about smoking. Also, can I smoke freely on my balcony? El Jefe Dear Jefe: If you're the homeowner and you say it's okay, you can smoke two joints before you smoke two joints, then smoke two more. Colorado law says you're the king of that castle, and if the king wants to puff tuff, the king can puff tuff. Your balcony is also fair game for toking, thanks to a Denver City Council decision last year. Your garage and even your front porch are pro-pot zones (we've taken a shine to puffing a doobie while working on the car, ourselves).

US WA: Washington State's Road To Legal Marijuana Strewn With Potholes

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Apr 2015 - Taxes are too high, competition from medical marijuana is too great, and the bureaucracy is overwhelmed by the volume of applications. As Gary Mason reports, the new regulated system is giving rise to a robust black market Amber McGowan surveys the clutch of customers milling around the three counters in her tiny marijuana retail outlet and nods approvingly - pot is hot.

US NJ: Column: Njweedman Vs. The Christie

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 09 Apr 2015 - The Christie has had a bad spell-last week he made headlines by calling marijuana legalization and herb taxes "Blood Money." It's set in stone that Gov. Chris Christie does not like marijuana and is one of those fools who really believes the Reefer Madness lies of the 1930s - no surprise there. He was confronted by a teacher and that encounter went viral, a state judge is questioning his pension plans, and his cronyism with the Wall Street bankers has been exposed as a nearly 1 billion dollar Cash Cow featured on the nationally televised show The Young Turks. While I personally don't like most of Republican Christie's policies, and he personally bullied me years ago-I do like his Jersey style and his take-no-shit attitude, and though his presidency would have been scary on a global scale, imaging an "old friend of mine" as president was certainly interesting to me. I think it may have created a unique national profile opportunity for me.

CN AB: 'I Want To Save My Son'

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 05 Apr 2015 - Mom struggles to find legal options to treat ailing child Monique Guillamot found what appears to be a life-saving cure for her four-year-old son, but the government says he can't have it. Her son Keyaan suffers from a rare condition called Dravet Syndrome and has been on life support four times. Doctors have prescribed large doses of various pharmaceuticals at increasing doses, but nothing helped his frequent seizures until a doctor in Luxembourg prescribed hemp oil in August 2013.

US WA: OPED: Lawmakers Must Protect Medical-Marijuana Patients

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 07 Apr 2015 - MY son Haiden is 6 years old. For him, access to medical cannabis is a matter of life-and-death. Haiden has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Haiden used to suffer from frequent seizures of all varieties - sometimes more than 100 a day, despite taking five prescription medications, all at the maximum dose our neurologist would allow.

US PA: Poll Finds Toomey's Lead Grows In '16 Race

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 07 Apr 2015 - Slim Majority Favors Legalizing Marijuana A new survey from Quinnipiac University depicts U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., with improving personal and job approval ratings along with his largest lead to date in a trial heat over potential challenger Joe Sestak.

US WA: Editorial: Hands Off Marijuana Prevention Money

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 07 Apr 2015 - State tax revenues from legal marijuana sales, which began last summer, hit $33 million by the end of March. The total has risen steadily each month for the last nine months, as the recreational pot market authorized by Initiative 502 lurches to its feet. That revenue is estimated to skyrocket up, potentially to $900 million over the next four years, if the Legislature finally gets a handle on the unregulated medical marijuana market.

US CA: Newsom Taking A Gamble On Pot

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 07 Apr 2015 - Lieutenant Governor Is Used to Controversy, but Fallout Now Could Affect His 2018 Hopes. A few weeks into his first term as mayor of San Francisco in 2004, Gavin Newsom made a bold and controversial decision, ordering the city-county clerk to violate state law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

US: Voters Prefer Legal Weed To Presidential Candidates

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 07 Apr 2015 - In three key swing states, marijuana legalization is more popular than any potential 2016 presidential contender. That's according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in March. More than 80 percent of adults in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida support medical marijuana, according to the survey. Fifty-one percent of Pennsylvanians, 52 percent of Ohioans and 55 percent of Floridians also support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use. From Herald news services - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

US PA: Officer Faces Old Squad On Trial

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 06 Apr 2015 - Downfall of a Former Police Hero. Years before he was one of Philadelphia's dirtiest cops, Jeffrey Walker was a hero. In fall 1998, Walker specialized in drug busts for West Philadelphia's 16th Police District. On the streets, his aggressive work as an undercover cop and his appearance - tall, fit, with dreadlocks - earned him a nickname from drug dealers: Batman.

US CA: Judge Allows Urgency On New Pot Ordinance To Remain

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 04 Apr 2015 - A Yuba County Superior Court judge has denied a bid by medical marijuana growers to restore their ability to seek a voter referendum on the county's new cultivation ordinance. Judge Benjamin Wirtschafter on Friday ruled against Yuba Patients Coalition and six growers in their motion for a temporary restraining order against Yuba County. The ruling left intact an urgency designation with the ordinance that eliminated a signature-gathering period for a referendum.

US NY: Editorial: The Glitch In Colorado's Weed Experiment

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 06 Apr 2015 - After Colorado voters legalized marijuana, they also approved heavily taxing it and using the money for school construction, law enforcement, drug education and other useful things. The arrangement made perfect sense. But now the 15-month-old experiment has entered a phase that makes no sense at all. It's the prospect that all this new marijuana revenue - an estimated $58 million in the current fiscal year - may have to be returned to the voters, because of a provision in the state's Constitution that rigidly constrains taxes and spending. The provision is the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, or Tabor, a complex set of rules that requires, among other things, voter approval of all new taxes and automatic refunds if tax revenues or spending exceed estimates given when tax questions are put to the voters.

US FL: Miami Gun Battle Leaves Canadian Envoy's Eldest Son Dead

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Apr 2015 - When Roxanne Dube was appointed consul-general to Miami last November, her sons Marc and Jean Wabafiyebazu seemed enthusiastic about the move. After spending much of their lives in Ottawa and Zimbabwe, the teens, 15 and 17, relished the idea of living in a city that has featured as a backdrop for many blockbuster films. "For them it really was a big move," their father Germano Wabafiyebazu said in an interview. "You see Miami in movies and everything, so to be now going there =C2=85 they were really enthusiastic."

CN BC: Finding Realeaf

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 07:00
Kamloops This Week, 03 Apr 2015 - Many of Kamloops' chronic pain patients have likely already met Dr. Ian Mitchell during one of his shifts in Royal Inland Hospital's emergency room. "They don't have family doctors, so they end up in the emergency room and I see them all the time," he said.

CN ON: Pot-Friendly '420 Lounge' Coming to Downtown Guelph

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 07:00
Guelph Mercury, 04 Apr 2015 - GUELPH-A"420 vapour lounge," where members can bring their own marijuana to smoke but not buy it, appears to be coming soon to downtown Guelph. The property at 51 Macdonell St., which was formerly DLR Clothing Guelph, is vacant. But a cardboard handmade sign is posted in the window advertising "DLR 420 Vapour Lounge, opening soon, daily 12:00-12:00."